A friend of mine recently gave me Louise Hay’s, pioneer of the mind-body connection, new book, You Can Heal Your Life. What a great book!
Her bottom line premise is: not loving ourselves enough create all of our life problems. She says that when we really love ourselves, everything in our life works. We may say to this–well, of course, I love myself. But the truth lies in the way we live our lives:
- If you make a mistake, do you berate yourself or gracefully notice and learn from it?
- Do you mistreat your body or feed it healthy food, exercise and respect?
- Do you overspend or live within your means?
- Do you live with chaos and clutter or order and planning?
- Do you procrastinate about things that would benefit you?
- Do you acknowledge and appreciate yourself regularly?
When we get close to a dream, when we go for what we want, the thoughts that immediately pop up are the underlying beliefs that trip us up regularly.
One of the common underlying beliefs that allows us to fall short of loving ourselves is “I’m not good enough”. It may show up in just one area of our life or all over the place.
Awareness of our beliefs is the beginning of changing them. Making a decision to change our behavior, as in the examples above, will send the message to ourselves that we are lovable.
Affirming a new belief that supports our growth and well being, and focusing on the evidence in our life that confirms this new belief, retrains our mind.
“The point of power is always in the present moment.”
Louise L. Hay
And soon more and more evidence will appear, as we are able to love and appreciate ourselves for the magnificent beings that we are.